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Ambilight returns to OLED as Philips announces 2017 lineup of TVs
Following hot on the heels of the company's first OLED TV, the Philips 901F, the company has announced its new flagship, the Philips OLED 9002. The set is equipped with Philips' trademark Ambilight technology,...
Sling TV to add Warriors, Giants, A’s, Sharks games by April 2
Sling TV, an online streaming service, announced Thursday that it will add the NBC regional sports channels that broadcast Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s and San Jose Sharks...
SoFi to acquire Zenbanx, allowing it to be more like a bank
SoFi, or Social Finance as it is officially known, announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Zenbanx, allowing SoFi to offer checking accounts, credit cards and international money transfers to its customers....
IBM's Top Corporate Acquisitions in 2016
DEK: Over is long history, IBM has acquired many companies as it continuously expands it product portfolio and technological capabilities. In 2016, IBM was once again very active in the corporate acquisition...
Twitter layoffs part of massive cuts in tech
Photo: Newspix, Newspix Via Getty Images Image 1of/16 CaptionClose Image 1 of 16 Twitter: The San Francisco messaging firm is set to announce this week plans to lay off 300 workers as CEO Jack Dorsey...
LG V20 Phones Arriving Oct. 28 at AT&T and T-Mobile
When LG announced in August that it's latest flagship smartphone, the LG V20, would be the first on the market to be preloaded with the Android Nougat 7.0 operating system, the company publicly revealed...
Samsung Drastically Cuts Profit Estimates As Malfunctions Continue
Samsung Electronics severely cut its estimated profits for the third-quarter Wednesday after it was forced to entirely scrap its flagship line of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones a day earlier. The South Korean...
LG V20 price: how much does it cost?
LG announced its V20 smartphone a month ago and now we finally know when the phone is arriving in the United States. Unfortunately, pricing and availability hasn't been announced for the UK or Australia...
Twitter, Facebook Team Up to Stop Fake News
Facebook and Twitter have teamed up with nearly 30 other companies to tackle a growing trend of "fake news" circulating on social media, the group announced Wednesday. First Draft Coalition, a group formed...
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Debut Confirm Long-Standing Rumors
Apple held true to its long-established smartphone upgrade cycle and introduced the much-anticipated iPhone 7 at an invitation-only media briefing at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco....
Apple just sold its 1 billionth iPhone as the iPhone 7 launch nears
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during an employee meeting that the company has sold its billionth iPhone. "iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in...
Why 5G Wireless Is Spurring Government, Business Action
In a world where even 4G connectivity is far from ubiquitous, the Federal Communications Commission on July 14 made a decision that its chairman Tom Wheeler said "could be the most important decision the...
HPE Puts Focus on The Machine
CTO Martin Fink, who as head of HP Labs has led the development of the revolutionary system architecture, will leave at the end of the year. The latest major changes at Hewlett Packard Enterprise this...
.NET Core 1.0 released, now officially supported by Red Hat
Version 1.0 of .NET Core, the open source, cross-platform .NET runtime platform that was first announced in 2014, has been released today. .NET Core is arriving alongside ASP.NET Core 1.0, the open source,...
You won't need an invite to buy the OnePlus 3
OnePlus has confirmed it will be dropping the invite-only order model for the OnePlus 3, meaning you'll be able to buy it right away on day one.You'll be able to buy the phone as soon as it's announced...
Steady User Growth Characterizes Cloud Foundry Ecosystem
The CF community now includes 173 user groups with 33,400-plus individual members across 105 cities in 48 countries, CEO Sam Ramji said. Cloud Foundry might be the only Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to...
Polaroid – yes, that Polaroid – is making a 4K smart TV
Polaroid is getting into the smart TV market with a brand-new series of 4K Ultra HD TVs that will start – believe it or not – at only $499. Seriously. As incredulous as that sounds, it's all thanks to...
E3 Live is your chance to attend a mini-E3, right next to the real one
Unlike massive fan events like PAX or Blizzcon, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has always been an industry-only event that's never been open to the general public (though some gamers have found methods...
Windows Ink, Cortana improvements and more arrive in the latest Windows 10 build out now
It’s going to be a good Friday for those testing the latest releases of the Windows 10 operating system, as Microsoft is today rolling out a new build of its PC and mobile OS which will allow...
The RealReal grabs another $40 million to expand its luxury consignment business
Luxury consignment site The RealReal, which focuses on authenticated, high-end resale items for women, men, and the home, announced this morning it has raised an additional $40 million in Series...
CREO Mark 1 goes on sale on Flipkart starting midnight
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:April 18, 2016 6:01 pm CREO has announced that its first smartphone, Mark 1 will go on sale on April 19 CREO has announced that its first smartphone, Mark 1 will go...
Salesforce and Zendesk want to help brands manage Facebook Messenger traffic
No sooner had Facebook announced it was opening up Messenger for developers to build bots, when two players with an eye on sales and service in the enterprise — Salesforce and Zendesk —...
Hasselblad's new 100MP camera costs Â£22,600
Hasselblad has announced the H6D-100C, a 100MP medium format camera with a shutter speed that ranges from 60 minutes to 1/2000th of a second.The camera manufacturer has also announced a 50MP version, the...
Facebook uses AI to help blind users "see" images on site
Facebook has found a new application for artificial intelligence -- creating a tool to describe photos to blind users. On Tuesday, Facebook announced automatic alternative text, a tool that generates...
Apple Brings Back That 4-Inch Feeling
Apple on Monday announced a pair of new products in old sizes -- the 4-inch iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro -- banking on user preferences for the familiar form factors to lessen their hesitancy to...
iOS 9.3 is available to download from today
Apple has announced iOS 9.3, the latest update to its mobile operating system, will be available to download from today.The biggest new feature is 'Night Shift', which will change screen colours towards...
Michael Kors Access Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
Michael Kors It's been a busy week for Android Wear. We've seen new watches from Fossil, Nixon and now Michael Kors. The fashion designer announced the $395 Michael Kors Access smartwatch this week at...
USV sticks to basics with a $166.8 million early-stage fund
Even in an uncertain market, top venture firms seem to have no trouble locking down huge capital commitments from their investors. This week, Accel announced $2 billion in funding. Last week, Lightspeed...
Devs Get to Noodle With Android N
Google last week announced a developer preview of Android N, the forthcoming release of its mobile operating system. The release comes early; it was widely expected to be announced in May at Google I/O...
Obama ramps up tech cred ahead of SXSW visit - CNET
President Barack Obama is spending his last months in office trying to make sure you have the opportunity to get a job in tech.President Barack Obama announces a series of initiatives to push for more...
XCOM 2's first expansion gets release date, new details - CNET
XCOM 2's first expansion is coming soon. 2K and Firaxis have announced the add-on, called Anarchy's Children, will come out on March 17 on PC (but it has nothing to do with St Patrick's Day).Anarchy's...
Failed Powa Technologies firesale: Ben White, Greenlight Digital divvy up and buy UK assets
One more chapter in the messy story of Powa Technologies, the payments startup that last raised money at a $2.7 billion valuation but rapidly sank into the deadpool on a flimsy raft of vaporware....
LeEco sells 2,00,000 units of its Le Superphones in less than 30 days
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:March 2, 2016 6:29 pm LeEco sets new industry record with sales of over 2 lakh units of its Le Superphones (Source: LeEco) LeEco has announced that it has sold 2 lakh...
DJI Phantom 4 is the human-tracking, obstacle-avoiding drone you shouldn't fear...yet
DJI has announced the Phantom 4 - the latest in its line of camera-mounted drones that will not only help you snag that difficult tracking shot, but do it without your help.The Phantom 4 features subject...
Microsoft Invites Devs to Tinker With HoloLens
Microsoft on Monday announced that its HoloLens Development Edition was available for preorder, with units set to ship to developers beginning March 30. The company early last year introduced the holographic...
Microsoft Is Buying Mobile Cross-Platform Development Company Xamarin
Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Xamarin, a company that allows developers to build fully native apps across several platforms from a single shared code base. Microsoft and Xamarin...
Gionee S8 launched with invisible antenna, better camera
Comments Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Barcelona | Updated: February 22, 2016 7:54 pm Gionee has announced a rebranding of its brand under the slogan ‘Make Smiles’. Gionee has announced a rebranding of...
Powerful phones, VR dominate big day at Mobile World Congress - CNET
It's the day before Mobile World Congress 2016 official starts in Barcelona, but there's already plenty of exciting new products to behold. Sunday, Samsung revealed its new Galaxy phones, the S7 and S7...
LG announces VR headset for LG G5's USB-C port
Sarah Tew/CNET LG announced the LG 360 VR at Mobile World Congress on Sunday in Barcelona, a pair of virtual reality glasses to compliment the LG G5 flagship also announced at the tradeshow .LG's 360...
MWC 2016: LG G5 officially announced with a metal, modular design
Surprise, the LG G5 was announced today at MWC 2016, as if you couldn't tell from the weeks of leaks that even LG was in on disclosing. We finally know the official specs. It's a 5.3-inch Android phone...
The latest LG G5 leak looks like the Nexus 5X
The LG G5 hasn't even been formally announced, yet we know almost everything about it. (Mostly right from the horse's mouth.) Or, at least we think we do. Evan Blass, a VentureBeat writer and infamous...
Blade Runner 2 release date announced before filming begins
Time to start photoshopping at least one new face on the old box art now that we have a release date and a new star in Ryan Gosling.Warner Bros.Though principal filming of Blade Runner 2 has not yet begun,...
Aston Martin linked to Faraday Future
British automaker Aston Martin has announced a tie-up with LeEco, the Chinese backer of the electric car start-up Faraday Future. The firms said the partnership was designed to develop a production version...
LG G5 hasn't been announced, but LG went ahead and showed us its official case
LG isn't leaving much to the imagination when it comes to its forthcoming LG G5 announcement at Mobile World Congress, and that goes doubly for its form-fitting new case.The official LG G5 Quick Cover...
Unity Announces SteamVR Native Support For Game Developers
Two major powerhouses in the gaming industry announced that they would be working together to churn out killer VR content. Unity Technologies and Valve announced today that the Unity platform would...
ThinkingPhones Becomes Fuze And Grabs $112 Million Investment Led By Summit Partners
ThinkingPhones, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, cloud service that offers messaging, phone service and video streaming, announced $112 million investment round today. While it was at it, the10-year old...
Doom release date, $120 collector's edition announced - CNET
Bethesda announced today that id Software's long-in-development new Doom game will launch globally on May 13. It will arrive on that date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A new trailer was also released...
PlayStation-exclusive shooter Dust 514 is shutting down, here's when - CNET
Dust 514, a free-to-play PlayStation 3-exclusive shooter set in the Eve universe, is shutting down. Developer CCP Games has announced that, after three years of operation, the game's servers will be shut...
Salesforce Announces Latest Lightning CRM Release With SteelBrick Integration
This afternoon at a big presentation in San Francisco, Salesforce announced a new version of the Lightning CRM platform that includes built-in Wave analytics, intelligent email from its RelateIQ...
Gmail Now Has More Than 1B Monthly Active Users
During its earnings call, Google today announced that Gmail now has more than 1 billion monthly active users. That’s up from 900 million the company announced during its I/O developer conference...
AppDirect Acquires Tech Support Platform Radialpoint
AppDirect, the well-funded marketplace for selling cloud services, today announced that it has acquired the Montreal-based tech support company Radialpoint. Based on this acquisition, AppDirect also...
Glu Mobile To Invest Up To $7.5 Million In QuizUp, With Option To Acquire
QuizUp, the Icelandic company that put trivia in an app, has announced that it is receiving up to $7.5 million in funding from Glu Mobile, with an option to call to acquire. This comes in the wake...
WIRED Health 2016 will showcase lab-grown blood and digital organs
The first six Main Stage speakers confirmed for WIRED Health 2016 have now been announced. The one-day event designed to introduce, explain and predict trends in healthcare industries is returning for...
With $90 Million In New Funding And Unicorn Status, Anaplan Looks Ahead to IPO
Anaplan announced a $90 million round today at a valuation of S1.09 billion after funding, putting the company squarely in unicorn territory, those companies with valuations of a billion or more....
4K Blu-rays coming in early 2016 from $30 - CNET
The cover of the "The Martian" 4K UHD Blu-ray available for pre-order on Amazon Amazon Despite a somewhat muted introduction at CES 2016, 4K Blu-ray is coming in 2016. While the industry has been shy about...
Samsung reveals luxury Gear S2 Classics, brings iOS support to smartwatch line
Andrew CunninghamArs at CES 2016 Razer uses Thunderbolt 3 to add dedicated graphics to its sleek new Ultrabook Withings expands fitness family with button-sized, e-ink Go tracker Samsung gets into the...
The wraps are off! Scenes from CES 2016 Press Day - CNET
The G6 series is LG's most-expensive 2016 TV and the pinnacle of the OLED TVs announced here at CES. The majority of the TV itself consists of a panel-on-glass design, exceedingly thin at just 2.57 millimeters...
DTS Play-Fi takes streaming fight to Google with support from high-end manufacturers - CNET
DTS' first Play-Fi component, the Phorus PS1 speaker released in 2013. Sarah Tew/CNET From its humble beginnings back in 2013, DTS' Play-Fi has now become the biggest brand-agnostic service, helped with...
CES 2016: Smart shoes and more new tech
It seems some people can't wait - the CES trade show doesn't officially start until Wednesday, when its giant exhibition floors open their doors. But already tech firms great and small are firing out press...
Nokia Assumes Control of Alcatel-Lucent
The combined company, which will look to better compete against Ericsson, Huawei and Cisco, will start offering a combined product portfolio Jan. 14. Nokia has taken control of one-time rival Alcatel-Lucent...
Pokemon Stars: all the latest leaks from the rumored Nintendo Switch game
Though there’s been no official confirmation that a game called Pokémon Stars is coming to the Nintendo Switch, we do know that a Pokémon game will make its way to the console eventually. There are many...
The best PC games of 2017… so far
Blimey! We’re not even halfway through the year and we’ve already had a veritable smorgasbord of gaming delicacies served to us in 2017. And it’s not one genre or tier dominating the scene either, with...
Acer’s Predator Triton aims to be the king of ultra-thin gaming laptops
Acer has unveiled a pair of new gaming notebooks, including a super-thin laptop which packs an impressive amount of power for its size.The Predator Triton 700 is the first in a new series of laptops designed...
Slender: The Eight Pages
Falling into the broad category of survival horror, Slender: The Eight Pages is a first person puzzler based on the Slender Man myth. Your mission is to find the titular eight pages about the pale, faceless...
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